Day One: Londorosi Gate (2,100m/6,890ft) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m/9,023ft)
Elevation Gain: 650 meters/ 2,133 feet Hiking time: 3hrs
Distance: 10 km
Habitat: Montane forest
After the morning drive to the trailhead, you will spend the first day with an armed ranger due to the animal population in this forest area, stopping at the Mti Mkubwa Camp after only about 3 hours of climbing.
Day Two: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750m/9,023ft) to Shira 1 Camp (3,720m/12,200ft)
Elevation Gain: 970 meters, 3,177 feet Hiking time: 5 – 6 hrs
Distance: 12 km Habitat: Moorland
This day starts in the forest and gets considerably steeper as you go through the heather and moorland areas before camping at the Shira Plateau in a large, open, and scenic area at the Shira One Camp.
Day Three: Shira I Camp (3,720m/12,200ft) to Shira II Camp (3,840 meters/12,532ft)
Elevation Gain: 120m, 332ft Hiking time: 5 – 6 hrs
Distance: 5 km
This day takes you on a gentle walk across the plateau for some excellent scenery while your body continues to acclimatize.
NOTE: From Shira Two Camp on, this route is identical to Machame Route, including the descent on the separate Mweka Route. If you’ve taken Lemosho you’ve done another day at this point, so Day 4 of Lemosho is identical to Day 3 of Machame and so on.
Day 4: Day Four: Shira II Camp (3,840m/12,532) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)
Elevation Gain: 110m, 428ft. Hiking time: 5 hr Distance: 6 km Habitat: Alpine desert
The morning climb is somewhat steep on this day as you ascend to Lava Tower at 4,600 meters at midday before descending again on the scenic route to Barranco Camp. This is a great example of the climb high/sleep low rule that helps people acclimatize safely.
Day Five: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Camp (4,200m/13,780ft)
Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet Hiking time: 3.5 hrs
Distance: 4km Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You climb the Great Barranco Wall, which looks more intimidating than it really is, and down into the Karanga Valley. This day has many ups and downs and crosses many small streams before crossing the Karanga River just before camp.
Day Six: Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)
Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet Hiking time: 3.5 hrs
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You climb through rocky and otherwise barren terrain on your way to Barafu Camp. The camp is in another cold and windy area, but you will only be sleeping from around 7 p.m. until 11: 30 p.m. or so because you will be starting the summit climb at midnight.
Day Seven: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet
Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet Summit time: 7 hrs
Descent time: 5 hrs
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
You will start at midnight with by far the most challenging 6-hour section of the entire climb as you reach Stella Point around sunrise. After a short rest, you will probably be walking in snow for the next two hours until you reach Uhuru Peak. After enjoying the moment briefly, you will begin your descent to the Mweka Camp back in the rain forest, which takes about 8 hours including a quick rest in the middle.
Day Eight: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)
Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet Descent time: 4 hrs
Distance: 10km Habitat: Forest
After the previous day, you will deserve this short and very scenic descent of about 4 hours down to the Mweka Gate, where you will sign the register to make your climb official. Transfer to Arusha for Lunch, Dinner, and Overnight.
- National Park gates fees
- Transport from Arusha to starting point on mountain and return to Arusha
- Hut / camping fees and tents
- Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
- Porters’ salaries
- Rescue fees (required by the national park)
- All meals on the mountain
- Two nights’ accommodation in Arusha bed and breakfast, double or triple occupancy
- Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
- Oximeters are available upon request
- Tips for guides and porters
- Mountain equipment (e.g. sleeping bags)
- Some equipment is available for rent. See our rental price list.
- Transfer to and from Kilimanjaro Airport ($50/ vehicle one-way)